Valley Oaks Village

Chico, California, United States

  • Last updated: December 2, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Mixed Age Community Living

Community Description

Completed in 1996, Valley Oaks Village is 28 homes on approximately five acres, plus 1 associated neighbor. We have six different floor plans and unit sizes, attached in varied configurations in a large oval, with a central Common House, lawn and pool. All are linked by pathways through a park-like setting of oaks and sycamores.

We are located near 3,600 acre Bidwell Park, which serves as a protected bikeway used by many residents to bicycle to and from work and school.

We have an active social calendar with events planned throughout the year. We share evening meals about twice a week and residents take an active role in planning and maintaining the community.

Other amenities include a workshop, arts and crafts room, bike sheds, gardens, orchard, gazebos, pool, and tree house. The Common House includes a kitchen, multipurpose dining room, laundry, lounge, game room, teen room, and guest quarters (with shower).

Environmental design features include highly insulated homes, solar electric panels and solar hot water for the common areas, drought-tolerant landscape with drip irrigation, recycling and compost areas, and storm water swales for ground-water recharge.

For residential/membership info, email [email protected] or see our web site at

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1991
  • Start Living Together: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Valley Oaks Village
  • Community Address:
    1950 Wild Oak Lane
    Chico, California, 95928
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Suburban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 28
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Includes interior open space

    Individual homes by homeowners, with common open space



  • Adult Members: 50
  • Child Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    You may contact us and schedule a time to visit. Email [email protected]

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Come to a meeting and complete an application

  • Additional Comments:

    No common religious traditions. Many faiths and none. Occasional earth-oriented, modern spiritual rituals.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $245
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Rental rooms in some homes may be available

    8 hours per month

    Homeowners Assn Fees

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    1-3 times/week half participate

    Organic, local preferred. Gluten free, vegetarian option.

    Smoking in private homes only, but rare.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


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